Teaching Lifetime Sports

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9
Tennis

Karen Y. Peck


THE NATURE OF TENNIS

Tennis is a game that people of all ages can enjoy. In addition to the opportunity to be active, many enjoy this game for the social interactions that it provides. For those who wish to participate at a competitive level, many tennis organizations utilize a skill rating system to ensure that players are well-matched and can enjoy good competition. At one time, tennis was a sport reserved for the wealthy, however, it has recently seen a huge increase in popularity. With that popularity has come an increase in the number of public courts and the opportunities for instruction and tournament participation at all levels.


INSTRUCTIONAL AREA

The rules of tennis state that a doubles court should be 78 feet long by 36 feet wide with a net that is 3 feet high in the middle and 3 1/2 feet high at the posts (figure 9.1). Tennis can be played indoors or outdoors and the game will vary slightly depending upon the venue. Outdoor players have to adapt to sunlight, darkness, wind, weather, and man-made distractions such as traffic or aircraft. Indoor players have to adapt to ceilings, lighting, and limited sideline space. Certain facilities also have huge [bubbles] which can be inflated during the winter months to transform an outdoor court into an indoor court.

There are a variety of surfaces on which tennis can be played. The three most common are asphalt, grass, and clay. Hard courts (asphalt or cement) are commonly seen at public facilities because they are easy and inexpensive to maintain. These courts may be fast or slow depending upon the materials used. Normally when these courts are constructed, sand is mixed into the surface paint,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations xi
  • Tables xiii
  • Preface xv
  • Part One 1
  • 1: Introduction 3
  • 2: Basic Teaching Skills 13
  • Part Two 45
  • 3: Fitness Walking 47
  • 4: Running 59
  • 5: Exercising with Equipment 71
  • 6: In-Line Skating 91
  • 7: Mountain Biking 101
  • 8: Volleyball 111
  • 9: Tennis 123
  • 10: Swimming 149
  • Appendix 163
  • Index 165
  • About the Author and Contributors 169
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